Over at Adobe Systems they’ve changed the upgrade path for users of Creative Suite. Those who haven’t upgraded to CS5 or CS5.5 already will be hurt the most! If you are a CS3 or CS4 user you’ll have to upgrade before the end of the year to keep your Discount when/if you upgrade to CS6. Adobe Systems says, ” In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6.”
How does this hurt? If Adobe releases CS6 in Q1 2012 those same folks will need to pay more money to upgrade to CS6 or go on the monthly subscription plan.
Read their policy here.
Scott Kelby NAPP- National Association of Photoshop Users President has written an open letter to Adobe Systems pointing out how unfair this move is, and how it is going to hurt their base, and he gives them some “face-saving” ideas that make sense to me.